You have to be a SET member to register for professional formation, and to keep your QTLS current and up-to-date once you have been awarded with the status.
The QTLS registration window is open from 3 April 2018 and closes on 31 May 2018.
Please note that by registering for QTLS you are accepting the above terms and conditions.
The Society for Education and Training (SET) administers both Qualified Teacher Learning and Skills (QTLS) status and Advanced Teacher Status (ATS) on behalf of the Education and Training Foundation (ETF).
Stages of professional formation
Stage 1 - initial registration
Check the eligibility information for QTLS.
If you are a recently qualified teacher, remember that you need to have received your initial teacher education certificate before registering.
Complete the relevant information and you will also be asked to pay your first instalment of £100. This indicates to SET that you wish to register to apply for professional formation and allows us to prepare the appropriate resources to review and moderate your application.
Stage 2 - complete your online workbook
After you have paid your deposit, you will be able to access your online workbook in My QTLS and embark upon the application process by completing your narrative pages and adding supportive evidence. You need to make sure that you share your application with SET by the relevant deadline for your application period (see the table below).
Members who registered in the Winter registration period (1 April to 26 May 2016) should note that it is expected that you complete and submit your workbook in support of your application for Professional Formation or the Recognition Route within one year.
This means that if circumstances prevent you from submitting by 27 October, you will only be able to defer once, meaning that your completed workbook must be submitted by 29 June 2017.
For any workbooks not completed within one year, it will be a requirement that members start their applications again. This is to ensure that evidence in the workbook is current, that is within 12-18 months from the date of registration.
It is important that you check all supporting evidence and certificates are added to your workbook before you share your application with SET as these cannot be added once you have shared it. Please refer to and use the Professional Formation checklist.
Stage 3 - conferral of QTLS by SET
To complete your application you need to follow these steps:
- Complete your evidence in your online workbook ensuring all supporting evidence and certificates are included.
- Share with your supporter
- Send your completed online workbook to SET.
When you have shared your online workbook with SET, you will receive an email acknowledging its receipt. If you do not receive this email, please contact us at email@example.com, as it may be that your workbook has not been received.
You do not have to wait until the deadline to share your online workbook which can be sent at any time. However please be aware that your application will not be reviewed until the deadline has passed.
Once received, your completed application will be reviewed and moderated. If successful, you will achieve Qualified Teacher Learning and Skills (QTLS). You can print your certificate through My QTLS at your own convenience. You will also receive a hard copy of your certificate in due course.
After you receive your confirmation email at the end of the process, you can read your feedback in your online workbook by logging in to My QTLS and clicking the "view feedback" button in the status bar.
Deadlines for each stage
Please refer to the below timetable for further information.
QTLS status by
Resubmission deadline (if applicable)
||1 September – 31 October 2017
||28 February 2018 at 5pm
||30 April 2018
||31 October 2018 at 5pm
||1 December – 31 January 2018
||29 June 2018 at 5pm
||31 August 2018
||28 February 2019 at 5pm
||3 April – 31 May 2018
||31 October 2018 at 5pm
||31 December 2018
||27 June 2019 at 5pm
If your result is criteria not met for any reason, you will have a period of time to add any additional information and resubmit your application. There is no charge to resubmit your application, however you are only able to resubmit it once. If you remain criteria not met after your resubmission or fail to meet the resubmission deadline, you will need to begin your QTLS application again. You will receive your results about two to three weeks after your resubmission.
Payment structure for Professional formation leading to QTLS
As of 3 April 2018, the payment method for QTLS registration is changing. This change has been introduced as a response to feedback from SET members who would welcome the opportunity to spread their payments using direct debit. There will be two options for making payment of £485:
- Pay £485 in full by credit/debit card or by one direct debit payment, or
- Pay £110 as a deposit by credit/debit card and three further monthly payments of £125 will be made by direct debit from your bank account.
For those who have previously registered for QTLS, at any time prior to April 2018, the payment process of £100 deposit paid on registration and £385 paid on submission of the workbook will still be valid.
Read the QTLS Terms and Conditions.
View SET's membership fees on the subscriptions page.
Payment structure for Recognition Route combined with QTLS
As of 3 April 2018, the payment method for the Recognition Route combined with QTLS registration is changing. There will be two options for making payment:
- Pay £834 in full by credit/debit card or by one direct debit payment, or
- Pay £100 as a deposit by credit/debit card and three further monthly payments of £245, £245 and £244 will be made by direct debit from your bank account.
Read the QTLS Terms and Conditions.
Online workbook in My QTLS
The professional formation process requires you to complete an online workbook in My QTLS. The time taken to complete this process and achieve QTLS status will be determined by your individual circumstances. For example, level of experience or work commitments. Therefore, SET has taken a flexible approach to professional formation with a number of application windows open each year.
If your employer has agreed to pay for your QTLS and requires an invoice, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with the following information to request an invoice. Please ensure you are a current member of SET before applying for QTLS.
- Employers name
- Employers address
- Finance email address
- PO number (if required by your employer)
- Amount to invoice
- Member Name
- Membership number